Storage

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Power Breakfast for September 8, 2016

Former EPA administrators praise nuclear energy's role in reducing carbon emissions; Energy storage deployment set to grow in 2016


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A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • Former EPA administrators, Christine Whitman and William Reilly, discussed nuclear energy’s role in achieving the country’s goal of reducing carbon emissions at the Stanford School of Public Policy. Part of their discussion included the economic and political factors of closing nuclear facilities and its impact on air quality and quality of life. Whitman praised nuclear energy’s role in reducing carbon emissions and stated that nuclear energy currently represents 63 percent of the country’s clean energy and about 19 percent of the overall energy produced.
  • According to the U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, there was a 126 percent increase in total energy storage deployed in Q2 over Q1 with 41.2 megawatts of energy storage deployed. Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association, Matt Roberts, believes that the energy storage industry is set to grow another 30 percent in 2016 helping to add flexibility and efficiency to the country’s power grid.
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Power Breakfast for August 31, 2016

EV batteries as grid-connected energy storage; Natural gas prices fluctuate during hurricane season


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A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • It is estimated that by 2020, there will be approximately 1,250,000 EV batteries approaching the end of their initial use. According to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report, discarded EV batteries with remaining storage could be repurposed as grid-connected energy storage to help smooth fluctuations in the grid’s power supply. There is currently no definitive answer on if this would be an economical and/or practical solution.
  • The beginning of September marks the midpoint of this year’s hurricane season. With potential storms hitting the Gulf of Mexico in the near future, natural gas prices have fallen due to the uncertainty on the region’s production capabilities.
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Power Breakfast for May 16, 2016

Tesla's Powerwall coming to market sooner than anticipated; Portugal operates on 100 percent renewable energy; World's first floating offshore wind farm coming in 2017


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A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • Tesla’s latest version of the Powerwall will be coming to market sooner than anticipated. The home energy storage unit is said to have a simplification to the handling and wiring requirements for installers  in addition to being compatible with inverters from SMA, the global residential PV inverter manufacturer.
  • For four days in a row last week, Portugal operated on 100 percent renewable energy. The country had seen 50.4 percent of its electricity from renewables in 2015 and had had 63 percent sourced from renewables in 2014. Other parts of Europe are also setting power records: Germany ran on 99.3 percent of wind and solar energy on May 16 at 2 p.m. local time; Denmark produced 140 percent of its electricity from wind power in 2015; and the UK set a record by not burning coal for the first time in 100+ years.
  • Statoil ASA, a Norwegian energy company, is set to begin building the world’s first floating offshore wind farm off the east coast of Scotland. The project, named the Hywind project, will use five 6-megawatt turbines which will float on steel tubes attached to the seabed. The turbines are scheduled to be installed in 2017.
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Power Breakfast for May 9, 2016

Caterpillar enters storage and microgrid markets; Panasonic doubles investment into Tesla's Gigafactory


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A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • Caterpillar, better known as a manufacturer of bulldozers and generators, has entered the storage and microgrid markets after launching an integrated microgrid solution that combines solar and energy storage with the company’s power generation equipment. The company has ties with a solar company that will manufacture solar panels which will then be added to Caterpillar microgrid equipment.
  • The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s Q1 2016 Quarterly Activity Report shows that in Q1 2016, Panasonic doubled its investment in Tesla’s Gigafactory. This is a strong indicator that the factory is preparing to manufacture its first battery cells – Panasonic’s main role in the factory. The Gigafactory was built to manufacture lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles.
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Power Breakfast for May 6, 2016

Tesla delivers 25 MWh of energy storage in Q1; AWEA reports increased wind production; China to build global power grid


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A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • In a letter delivered to its shareholders, Tesla stated that it delivered 25 MWh of energy storage during Q1. Additionally, the company reported that it has delivered more than 2,500 Powerwall residential storage units and almost 100 Powerpack devices for commercial use. To meet the growing demand for their energy storage devices, the company has moved its Powerwall production to the $5 billion Gigafactory located in Nevada.
  • According to the latest report from AWEA, developers produced 520 MW of new electricity generating capacity from January through March of 2016, the highest level seen in four years. This increased production is attributed to the installation of new wind turbines, a reduction in costs as well as more efficient electricity delivery systems.  Texas led the country in total installed capacity and new construction.
  • China seeks to build a $50+ trillion power grid to power the world by 2050. Officially named the “Global Energy Interconnection” (GEI), the GEI would connect proposed wind and solar farms located across the globe into a global power grid.
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Power Breakfast for May 4, 2016

Tesla's Powerwalls available in the U.S.; ERCOT reports sufficient generation for summer 2016


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A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • Tesla’s Powerwalls for home energy storage are now available in the U.S. Retailing for $3,000 and weighing 214 pounds, the 6.4 kWh energy storage unit stores energy collected from solar panels during the day to power the home throughout the evening. The unit has already been sold in other markets including Australia, South Africa and Europe.
  • Based on the current forecast, ERCOT announced that there should be sufficient generation available to power the region this summer. The summer Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) reports 78,434 MW of total generation capacity to serve a projected peak demand of 70,588 MW. Initial reports for this fall also indicate sufficient generation for October – November.
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Power Breakfast for Apr. 29, 2016

Using trains to store energy; Weather patterns affect wind generation; A battery that can last for 100,000 charges


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A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • A start-up company in California is looking to 19th century technology for tomorrow’s energy storage. The company, Advanced Rail Energy Storage (ARES), absorbs excess energy and uses it to power electric trains pulling giant slabs of concrete up a hill converting kinetic electricity to potential energy. When the energy is needed, the same train carries the concrete back down the hill unlocking the energy. ARES claims this process is 86 percent efficient.
  • In 2015, U.S. wind generation grew by 5.1 percent, the smallest annual growth since 1999. The EIA attributes this to changing weather patterns across the U.S which saw lowered wind speeds in the west and stronger winds in the central part of the country.
  • A research team at UC-Irvine has created a type of energy storage that can last for more than 100,000 charges. Although this battery is still in the early research stage, scientists say that if this technology moves ahead, it could have a significant impact on the life-cycle and supply chain issues for a number of every day technology like smart phones and electric vehicles.
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Power Breakfast for Apr. 28, 2016

EIA forecasts 422 MW of new hydroelectric capacity installed; Maine vetoed net metering bill


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A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • The EIA forecasts that there will be 1,083 MW of hydroelectric capacity installed between 2015 and 2019. Of this, 422 MW will be on dams that did not previously have electric generating units, also known as non-powered dams.
  • Maine’s governor vetoed a bill that would revise the state’s net metering policy and boost solar energy. The legislation would have removed the state’s current retail rate net metering program and replaced it with a program that would require regulated utilities to purchase and aggregate solar generation from private solar owners and utility-scale developers. Utilities would then bid the generation into the region’s electricity markets.